I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

Life of Pi

I'm almost at the end of this book, and what a feast it is turning out to be. I can understand why the story generated so much excitement and won the Booker in 2002. I can also understand some of the criticism though, especially about the lack of a hook to get you into the heart of the matter.

The book, in my opinion, should have started at about Page 125. The first section is a kind of flashback sequence, before the real action, the childhood of the main character. It was well written and entertaining, but you did begin to wonder when the juicy action - evident in the blurb and on the cover - would start. Was there not an editor at Yann Martel's publishing house who suggested that maybe the childhood stuff could've been intertwined with the current action? This may have worked, and may have made this book even more luxurious.

Of course it stands as it is - a wonderful book - but I feel the diamond could have been shined even further. Just a thought, as I approach the final pages, and wonder how things are going to end up. Kind of a shame, as well, to know that it ends happily - unless there's an amazing twist at the end that I can't see coming.

What's with the "Fors"

I see the New York Times reporting that EL Doctorow has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction with "The March". Must get around to ordering this, although I'm worried that it will be a little too American for me.
What really caught my eye - as it would catch the eye of any writer? - were the names of the runners-up: Karen Fisher (A Sudden Country) , William Henry Lewisfor (I Got Somebody in Staunton), James Salterfor (Last Night) and Bruce Wagnerfor (The Chrysanthemum Palace).
Now, is it just me or is there some conspiracy going on here?
Three of the runners-up have surnames that end with "for". Is it just some perversion in me that makes me notice things like that? Is this why my writing tends to be a little edgy?
Tell me what you think. Should I have noticed that and drawn attention to it?


Doesn't a scene like this just make you want to write something glorious?

Writing Fiction

Well, here we are. This is the first posting here. This is a space for all things to do with writing and fiction and publishing.